Two programs, in particular, were recently presented to students as exciting options for consideration: The Gentrification Lab New York City summer studio, and the Three Cities Asia study program. Both programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Gentrification Lab NYC, June 4 – August 6
Syracuse University Fisher Center (9 credits)
Driven by global economic, social and political transformations, gentrification is a ubiquitous urban condition that is responsible for some of the most vibrant and successful and simultaneously some of the most inequitable places in the city. Some argue that gentrification is another form of city making through real estate speculation—efforts that lead to displacement of the poor, erosion of amenities, and result in segregated “rich and poor” communities. What role can and should architecture play in gentrification? Or has architecture merely become a service provided by developers?
Students will learn more about this debate through case studies and statistical analysis. They will then explore the possibilities of “inclusive gentrification”—an approach that could benefit from the diversity of mixed income and increasing amenities in the neighborhood, yet also respects the local community and its cultural history. Student fieldwork studies will take place at two test sites along the #4 subway line in the City. “Here, they will engage in a tactile and in-depth interrogation of the city,” says Van Boxel and Koreman.
The seminar will conclude with students sharing and communicating their architectural proposals in a review that will include critics from the NYC architectural community.
- Questions and registration form: Elizabeth Ryan Assistant to the Associate Dean, Slocum 207
- Registration deadline: March 15
- Tuition info: University College at Syracuse University
Three Cities Asia, June 1 – July 25
Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai (9 credits)
In the course of eight weeks, the course will connect students with renowned professors and practitioners in each city by way of dialogue, reviews, guest lectures, and more than 20 visits to firms. In addition, the travels will include a vast array of sights and activities beyond the tourist realm. In each city, students will study, live, and deal with design challenges of a particular site, meet local residents and workers—including government officials and NGO leaders—to gain understanding of real world urban issues and challenges.
Read more about the summer 2016 students’ experience -“Three Cities Asia summer studio provides intense, valuable immersion urban experience.” Says Bing Bu about the 2016 studio trip, “Through this intense immersion experience, the students received a much deeper understanding on the method and power of observation, the various possibilities of urban intervention, and the role of design in urban development.”
- More information:SU Abroad
- Application deadline: February 10